Published: Mon, March 11, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

20-year-old beauty queen dies of heart attack - BeautyPageants

20-year-old beauty queen dies of heart attack - BeautyPageants

It was her parents who broke the sad news of her passing on Instagram. "It is incredibly surreal that our dearly beloved Lotte is not around us anymore", they wrote.

Lotte van der Zee was only a matter of days away from turning 20 when she suddenly passed away, it has been confirmed. "We would like to thank you all again for all the support and heartwarming messages", read the statement.

Van der Zee, who was from Enschede in the eastern Netherlands, won Miss Teen Universe in 2017. It was during a family skiing trip to celebrate her birthday.

"Dear friends, with the utmost sorrow we want to inform you about the reason behind Lotte's public absence in recent days". That illness then "swiftly escalated in sudden cardiac arrest" later on. That is why we want to thank you for all the handsome messages and for your honest and loving support.

On February 22, her parents posted the news that Lotte was in hospital after suffering a heart attack.

After being resuscitated by her mother, Lotte was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was put in a medically induced coma and transferred to a specialist hospital in Munich, Germany.

She was on holiday with her family in Austria when she suffered a heart attack
She was on holiday with her family in Austria when she suffered a heart attack

Her mother reportedly resusciated her before rushing her to an Austrian hospital. Sadly, she did not awaken from it and on Wednesday, she passed away. Lotte has had to endure a lot over the past few days. "That is why we want to thank you for all the handsome messages and for your honest and loving support".

The young model died within 30 minutes of being taken off the machine. A cause of her cardiac arrest has yet to be determined.

Pageant organizers sent their condolences to family and friends, saying, "Losing someone we loved is not easy, but knowing that we have been able to be part of her life, it has been an wonderful journey, we now realize that we were blessed to share your life and career with us".

But she did not appear for breakfast and when her parents went to check on her they found her ill in bed.

They plan to have tests carried out in a bid to find out why Lotte suffered the heart attack.

They have since thanked fans for their well-wishes in a post on Instagram.

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